Thursday, July 09, 2015
Disaster--Pimple on the big day
Dr Kaleroy Papantoniou of Advanced Dermatology has some tips for emergency action.
--Ice it. Put a cube in a soft cloth and apply to the area for 20-30 seconds. Rest a minute. Repeat. Don't press hard and don't leave it on too long.
--Apply an over-the-counter acne preparation containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. A 2.5% of concentration of the benzoyl peroxide is enough.
--Apply an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream--1%. (Do not use every day--just for emergencies.)
--Eye drops that "take the red out" can reduce redness and irritation. Look for tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride. You can even chill the drops first.
--Conceal the blemish with a heavy-duty cosmetic concealer. Blend carefully.
--Pick, pop or squeeze.
--Don't use aspirin, toothpaste or other home remedies.
--Don't expect a facial or chemical peel to be a quick fix.
--Don't overuse astringents. Natural astringents include witch hazel and and lemon juice (dilute with water),
--Don't use undiluted tea tree oil.
For a total emergency, your doctor could inject low potency cortisone. That would have to be some hair-on-fire emergency!
Charles of the Ritz used to make a preparation called DISASTER CREAM...liked that name.